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Message from the Director, Ph.D. Program

I proudly present to you the PhD program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. As one of the distinguished social work graduate programs in North America, we strive to make positive changes to the communities we care about, challenge inequality and injustice, and ultimately advance the welfare of people, both individually and collectively. The faculty has a diverse group of faculty members with various research and teaching expertise. The scholarship produced by our faculty reaches a wide range of audiences and has a significant impact at the local, national and international levels.

Doctoral education is critical to cultivating the scholars of future generations. Our faculty is committed to preparing strong researchers, educators, and leaders for the field of social work. The doctoral program is designed to deepen students’ knowledge, broaden their capacities, sharpen their vision, and enrich their commitment to social work. Engaged in coursework as well as different research and teaching opportunities, doctoral students in our program are intellectually stimulated and challenged in a supportive environment. Beyond the faculty, students can also enjoy the wealth of supports and resources offered by the greater

University of Toronto community. Many benefit from taking graduate-level courses at different departments, or participating in one of the specializations, and these opportunities encourage students to develop a comprehensive analytical lens and skillset when approaching their areas of research. We are confident that over the course of the doctoral training, our students will generate important and innovative research that can push forward the state of the social work field.

Those who are interested in our program will find useful information about our doctoral program in the PhD Program Booklet. This booklet provides you with an overview of our faculty and the doctoral program. You will find information about faculty members’ research interests, program requirements and related coursework, the funding support available to doctoral students, and our admissions procedure. In the fall semester of each year, we also host several 1- to 1.5-hour-long info sessions at the faculty and they serve as great opportunities for you to learn about our program, the admission requirements and application process. The schedules of these information sessions are available on the Faculty website. I welcome you to utilize these resources to get to know our program more. If you have any questions about the doctoral program, please feel free to contact me or Angela Umbrello, Administrative Coordinator, Admissions & Programs.



Lin Fang, PhD

Director, PhD Program